Pilot Custom 912 – Music Nib
The Pilot Custom 912 is a nice looking pen with classic styling. The body is black resin and the trim is shiny and silver in color.
The cap screws on and posts easily to the back of the pen. The section is a bit shorter than average and this could present an issue for people with larger hands.
Fill using the included Pilot CON-70 converter or Pilot’s proprietary cartridges. The CON-70 is unique in that it is a push-button / pump converter and it holds a bunch of ink (around 1 ml). I love it, but there are varying viewpoints out there. The good news is that if a user hates it, one of the other Pilot converters can apparently be swapped in easily enough.
To learn more about the CON-70 pump converter, I suggest watching Brian Goulet’s video. Informative and entertaining: “You have to really want it.” “You have to attack it!” “BAM! BAM!”
Music nibs are sometimes referred to as trident nibs because they have three tines. That is to say that this nib has two slits through which the ink flows. Lines drawn vertically are thicker with this kind of nib than lines horizontal lines.
Pilot Custom 912 Writing Samples
With cursive writing, the pen writes wonderfully. But with printing I’m having some hard starts on some downstrokes. Arrgh.
The trouble can be seen in the image below. See where the M in “Music” and the I in “Nib” look a little off? It looks like there’s an issue with the left side of the nib.
Now what? Well, I love the pen and I’m not going to return it, but I will be looking for someone to tune the nib. Do you know a nibmeister with expertise making music nibs sing?
Also, if you have this pen, I’d love to hear what you think of it. Did you get the music nib, too?